Birth date and place 2 Aug 1822 Shankill, Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences
England, Wales & Scotland
Occupations pre-WA Weaver.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 8½ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place
Spouse Made voluntary allowance to wife before embarking  [Broomhall p.B134 source not stated].
This may suggest that his wife remained in Ireland.
Death date and place 1887 Q4 Lurgan, Armagh, Ireland (tentative).
Possible return to Lurgan, Armagh unproven (see sidebar).
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death Notices and Obituaries
Regiment(s) 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment.
Regiment No. and Rank #1831 Private.
Attestation date and place 2 Aug 1839 Lurgan, Armagh.
Service/Campaigns Mediterranean 5 years 4 months.
Jamaica 2 years.
North America 3 years 3 months.
Turkey 4 months.
Crimea 1 year 9 months.
East Indies 2 years.
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Crimea War Medal clasps Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol.  Turkish Crimea Medal.
Indian Mutiny Medal clasp Lucknow.
One Good Conduct Badge.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Courts Martial 10 Jun 1851: Confined and sentenced to loss of one penny a day for six months and 30 days imprisonment with hard labour. Imprisoned 10 Jun to 9 Jul 1851. Released 10 Jun 1857.
20 Apr 1857: Confined and sentenced to loss of 1d. a day for 30 days and 42 days imprisonment with hard labour.
Imprisoned 20 Apr to 31 May 1857. Released 1 Jun 1857.
District Courts Martial None.
General Courts Martial None.
Discharge date and place 12 Nov 1861 Camp Colchester.
Length of Service 21 years 26 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97/1510/62.
Post Discharge Residence County Armagh, Ireland.
Post Discharge Pension District 2nd Belfast.
Pension Amount 9d. per diem.
Ship Hougoumont.
Departure and Arrival 12 Oct 1867 London; 9 Jan 1868 Fremantle.
Status/Occupation Enrolled Pensioner Force.
Land Grant/Purchase None in Western Australia.
Subscriptions None.
Misc. Newspaper Articles Daily News 12 Apr 1887 (tentative – other men in Colony named William Higgins).
Departure from WA IF returned to Armagh, name of vessel unknown.